Marching Band


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Is your student interested in joining the Miami University Marching Band (MUMB) (PDF, opens in new window)? This page is for you. The Miami University Marching Band (MUMB) is directed by Dr. Brooke Humfeld Johnson. Members of the MUMB come from every academic division and almost every major at the university; music majors represent less than 25% of the group. Membership is for all woodwind, brass, battery percussion, sideline percussion, colorguard, twirlers, and dance team. In addition to MUMB, your student may also be interested in the Miami University Shakerettes Dance Team (PDF, opens in new window).


Can my student join?

Yes! Members of the Miami University Marching Band represent every division and almost every major at the university. Music Majors represent less than 20% of the group. The MUMB employs full band instrumentation, including brass, woodwinds, and percussion.

How much does it cost to be in the Marching Band?

The MUMB is committed to making membership in the band affordable to everyone. All members are required to pay a $105 course fee, which is billed to your student's Bursar account after registering for the course. All instrumentalists are required to provide their own black marching shoes, gloves, flip folders, and lyres, which are available for purchase upon registration to pre-season week. There is a $75 rental fee for anyone who will be using a university-owned instrument ($50 rental fee for color guard), payable during pre-season week.

What is the time commitment?

The MUMB only rehearses three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) from 4:25-6:25 p.m. We perform at all home football games. We typically travel to one away game and we attend any post-season events as well. This is likely a significantly lesser time commitment than your student may be used to in high school.

What instruments do you take?

Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Mellophone, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba, Battery Percussion, Front Ensemble (including electronics, guitar, and bass).

How do I obtain a marching instrument?

Mellophones, baritones, sousaphones, and percussion will be provided by the MUMB for an annual rental fee of $75. These instruments will be assigned during pre-season week. This rental fee covers normal maintenance and helps supply sticks and mallets. A limited number of tenor saxophones are available for rental as well.

What visual units do you have?

We have a color guard, twirlers, and our dance team, the Shakerettes. If your student is interested in any of these, they should contact Dr. Johnson for additional information.

How are auditions handled?

Pre-season auditions are held in December for Field Commanders, and in the spring for Shakerettes and Twirlers. Auditions for winds and percussion are submitted online in late spring/early summer and materials and instructions are communicated directly to those who register their interest on the MUMB website.

What, when, and where is pre-season week (band camp)?

Pre-season week is a weeklong training process to teach members the Miami-style of marching, pregame, and the first half-time show for the season. All members, new and returning, are required to attend pre-season week. Pre-season week begins a full week ahead of the start of the fall semester. For the 2020 season, Percussion, Color Guard, and Leadership should report on Friday, August 14. For all other members, Pre-season week begins on Sunday, August 17. Pre-season week will continue through August 22. On-campus rehearsals take place at Presser Hall and the Center for Performing Arts on the Oxford Campus.

How do housing and meals work during pre-season week?

Student housing and meals for pre-season week for any student living on campus is provided at a nominal cost of approximately $25 a day and is charged directly to your Bursar account. This daily charge is dropped on the day your student's regular housing contract begins. The MUMB will automatically submit your student's housing request once they register for pre-season week.

Is Marching Band a class?

Yes, the MUMB is organized as MUS 100E and is a credit-bearing and grade-earning class. Students can earn up to two credits.

Are first-year students permitted to march?

Yes! ALL duly enrolled Miami students who play a band instrument or have experience in one of the visual units may participate in the MUMB, following an audition.

What are the benefits?

If your student decides to join the Miami Marching Band, they will become a member of one of the largest and finest student organizations on campus. Your student will also join members who have made lifelong friends and gain an instant support network as they enter Miami. Opportunities for leadership and service are also available to new members.

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